good afternoon. the world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war, say the united nations. its humanitarian chief say more than 20 million people face the treat of starvation and famine in four countries in africa and the middle east — nigeria, somalia, south sudan and yemen. the un say three and a half billion pounds is needed, byjuly, to avert disaster. our world affairs correspondent richard galpin has more details: on the ballot is known that millions of people, including young babies like this one, have been starving. she was just four months old when a bbc team met her in december. and gci’oss bbc team met her in december. and across yemen hundreds of thousands more children have so little to eat they are struggling to stay alive. and the threat of mass starvation is
affecting three other countries. this is a refugee camp in south sudan. which, like yemen, has been torn apart by conflict. families forced to freely their homes and left with little to eat. already a famine has been officially declared he was almost half the population in urgent need of help. we stand at a critical point in our history. already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest unitarian crisis since the creation of the united nations. now more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. without collective" nato global efforts, people will simply starve to death. the number of people the un says is now in danger is now huge. almost 2 million in nigeria, nearly 5 million in south sudan, nearly 3 million in somalia and 1a million in yemen. the
un is predicting that without serious help, 1.4 million people could die before the end of the year. unless more aid money is found. they are calling for £3.6 billion to tackle this crisis. apart from conflict, another major cause of the crisis is drought. this is somalia, which has been particularly ha rd somalia, which has been particularly hard hit. in this hospital in the capital doctors have been treating people who have travelled almost 200 miles to get medical help. on most of the cases the death cause is dehydration. we are doing rehydration of the child and we're giving some antibiotics as well. some basic aid is reaching those in need but nowhere near enough. so it is possible by men could be declared in allfour is possible by men could be declared in all four countries, unprecedented
in modern times. in all four countries, unprecedented in modern times. reports from syria say 40 people have been killed — and dozens injured — following two explosions in the capital damascus. it's thought two suicide bombers targeted buses transporting shiite pilgrims near an ancient ceremony in the city. it's not yet clear who was behind the attack. a female judge has warned women who get drunk that they are putting themselves in danger of being targeted by rapists. lindsey kushner qc said what she called ‘disinhibited behaviour‘ could put women in danger. the comments have been described by the campaign group rape crisis as ‘outrageous‘ and ‘misguided'. more than sixty prisoners were evacuated from a jail in dorset overnight — after a large fire was started by an inmate. it's believed he climbed onto the roof of hmp guys marsh — near shaftesbury — after complaining about a change of regime, at the prison. fiona lamdin is there now. fiona. thank you. last night ten fire crews
we re thank you. last night ten fire crews were here trying to put out the blaze. i have to say, this morning and this lunchtime there is very little evidence that anything too graceful. the only thing we have seen today is ever so often prison bans keep coming and going and there is some speculation that maybe some of those evacuated prisoners are being moved to other prisons. flames and thick smoke filled the night sky above the prison. after an inmate forced to be drunk, wearing many layers of clothes, set light to them on top of the prison roofjust after 8pm last night. aspire biters controlled what they described as the large fire outside, inside 64 prisoners were moved from their cells to the safety of the gym. in an unannounced inspection, to adopt the years ago, investigators found this place in crisis. they said
staff and managers had all but lost control. they said one in four prisoners felt unsafe, as gangs operate openly. what did you actually see? we could see out of our bedroom window some flames. george lives opposite the prison. as i understand it, he rips some tiles off the roof and set fire to his clothes and it caught the timbers alight. and that is where the buyer came from. we did not see flames because we cannot see past that house there, but we did see the glow. another blaze in another prison, it is just another blaze in another prison, it isjust one in another blaze in another prison, it is just one in a long string. another blaze in another prison, it isjust one in a long string. 50 fires are reported each week in prisons in england and wales, these figures have doubled in two years. the strong indication of the chaos going on in behind the country's prison fences. online touts who bulk buy tickets and sell them for inflated prices will face unlimited fines under new government plans. it will also be illegal
to use so—called "bots" — or automated computer software — to bypass limits on the maximum amount of tickets that can be bought. our business correspondent joe lynam is with me — joe, a growing problem. it is difficult to put a number on this but let me give you an example ofa u2 this but let me give you an example of a u2 concert that will be held this summer in madison square garden in new york. that concert was sold out in 60 seconds and within minutes of the thousands of tickets were available on secondary markets. what appears to be the case is that these online ticket touts or digital ticket touts are using algorithms or software, something known as a bot, to simultaneously snapped up all the stig is then put them back on the markets, depriving fans. the government hopes to make it criminally offensive with unlimited fines in the wadi secondary markets to do fines in the wadi secondary markets todoa fines in the wadi secondary markets to do a bit more. watch for suspicious behaviour. but the reality is if these digital touts are overseas 01’ reality is if these digital touts are overseas or outside the uk there
is very little the government can do. one final thought, is very little the government can do. one finalthought, experts is very little the government can do. one final thought, experts tell me that these bots may in fact be humans. input countries they are paid to snap up the stickers. it is very difficult to stop that. it is very difficult to stop that. now, with all the sport — here's mike bushell at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. the 6 nations match between england scotland today at twickenham, now has extra significance. thanks to wales, england can clinch the title a week early. our correspondentjoe wilson is already at twickenham, and although scotland haven't won there since 1983, they have been the form team this season. absolutely right. you join us in the last minute for a resource for gametime. we would not have this level of stage management of this kind of stadium back in 1871 but every time england and scotland play each other it is significant is because of the age of significant is
that picture. it is hard to imagine a game which would have this kind of significance. partly, as you say, it is down to what happened in cardiff yesterday evening. that was urgent performance by wales and by george north in particular of course, was great for them and it did then ireland's championship hopes. it means that if england do beat scotla nd means that if england do beat scotland here today they will be champions. we're still one round of matches left to play. but it is a big if. partly because england have that doubt about kevin farrell and his fitness but is the key guide for them. the man who takes the points. the lingering uncertainty about their performance. we are yet have a com plete their performance. we are yet have a complete kind of game from england despite their three wins so far. scott and contrast average new levels of play, really, and as a consequence of that they are number five in the world, officially. their highest ever ranking. what intrigues me about this game is this clash of styles. this contrast. bob and know they cannot outmuscle england's behalf to get the ball out wide to
their wingers for the flying fullbacks to do their work. if they win today therein a great position themselves to win the six nations for the first time. we have got the music, the sunlight, we've got a lovely pitch, let's have some tries. indeed. it is deep and ultimate weekend in the women's six nations. a dramatic winner takes all final clash. ireland are against wales. ireland are now leading 12—7. hannah terrell putting them into the lead with that right about minutes to go. the quarterfinal stage of the fa cup. there is already one game under way. it is at the riverside and all premier league tie where manchester city are playing. it is now have
time and city still lead 1—0. coventry is on five live when it restarts. coventry is on five live when it restarts. jess varnish, says any board members, involved in a british cycling independent investigation, into, accusations she made over bullying and sexism, against coach shane sutton, must go. it follows a leaked draft report, that claims the organisation, "sanitised" its own inquiry into the claims. i had absolutely no faith in the investigation from the get go within british cycling. i have been in there for a long time and i'm no... i had no faith in it whatsoever. u nfortu nately i i had no faith in it whatsoever. unfortunately i am not shocked by that. now we just need to... the need to be changes, obviously. these people cannot be still in there if have reversed facts will stop they cannot still be able to be there on that board. yohanna konta, was far too strong
for her fellow brit, heather watson, in the californian sun. there are 97 places between them in the world rankings, and it showed as the world number one, won in straight sets, to move into round 3. a driver in china has ended up on the roof of a house after trying to avoid an accident. he said that as he tried to get out of the path of a motorised tricycle and an oncoming car, he accidentally put his foot on the accelerator rather than the brake. the result was, to say the least, embarrassing. fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident — and he was rescued by local police. the next news on bbc one is at 5:40pm. but for now — it's goodbye from me. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. let's return now to the news
that the united nations has warned that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945 with more than 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine. i spoke to lily caprani who is an exective director for the charity unicef. this genuinely is the worst crisis we have seen since the un was fun. there are literally millions of children facing serve asian and my collea g u es children facing serve asian and my colleagues on the ground are saying they are meeting mothers who are absolutely at their wits end. even those who have newborn babies. the mothers are so malnourished themselves now that they cannot produce breastmilk to breast—feed their babies so they have literally no way of getting food to them. of course we know how to deal with this. unicef is delivering life—saving food to hundreds of thousands, but there are still others that we cannot yet reach. we have very frustrated and we want
to reach every child who needs us. what has happened to make it so bad at this point? it is a complex picture but this is a man made crisis. there is drought and natural causes but largely this is about fighting. fighting caused by people who are at war with each other who are displacing whole villages, families and communities. they flee for safety leaving behind weather crops are and their livestock are and they have no means to get to food. we are having to go and reach children who have been malnourished maybe four weeks and months and if you are minorities is notjust our vision that threatened you. you might be too weak to fight off a minor infection because your body is just two weeks so it is about getting emergency assistance to prevent a big catastrophe. there are some really basic and fundamental things as you have already heard. we are appealing from help from governments and members of the public. for just governments and members of the public. forjust £5 you can feed a malnourished child for a whole week. very basic fundamental things like getting that therapeutic food to babies will be life—saving but
politically we also need all the parties to different conflicts to give us an hendrick unitarian access. the need to drop their weapons and let the aid and because children will starve to death otherwise. on the ground, do you have enough aid at the moment or do you need more flown in out of the? we need more. we have supplies. we are always ready to go underground but the scales as emergency is literally the biggest one we have seen literally the biggest one we have seenin literally the biggest one we have seen in our lifetimes. which means that we need more. we do need members of the public to donate to the appeal to make sure we can get more food out there. and also we need governments around the world to do the same. if we don't steal as we face an entire generation being lost across east africa. it is notjust a momentary and disaster but for the respiratory and the peace for eve ryo ne respiratory and the peace for everyone this is kind of a critical moment in history. we've got a window of opportunity now to meet that need to, say those lives and prevent a catastrophe but it means everybody realising the scale of the
emergency and acting now. given what you're saying, you have an appeal, hasn't been heard at all? at the moment, sadly, there are still hundreds of thousands particularly in south sudan where there is a famine declared already, that we cannot get access to. it is too dangerous in the infrastructure is not there, so we're continuing to call on parties to the conflict to make sure that we can get access. is it dangerous for your people to go in? it can be dangerous. i think there is he rose. they will go into harms way to save lives but we cannot directly that their risk death as well. we need unhindered access. these are completely neutral people. they did not take sides. all they are they did not take sides. all they a re interested they did not take sides. all they are interested in doing is saving children's lives and we must let them do that. the bomb exposures in damascus are rumoured to have killed at least 40
people. this is the largest attack to hit damascus and sometime put up a suicide bomber detonated his device in the commercial district, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens more. the target were pilgrims visiting a nearby cemetery. the president wants to prevent his country turning to normal but it is a long way from happening stop. let's get more now on the news that online touts who bulk buy tickets and sell them for inflated prices will face unlimited fines under government plans. joining me now from leeds is jonathan brown, chief executive of the society of ticket agents and retailers. thank you forjoining us. what do you make of it? this is good news. we have now got the response from the government to the review which was that extensive review of the market that was published last may. we have been waiting for that but bc there has been a lot happening in the meantime. the
campaign around botts has been an important part of that and the outlawing of the sort of bits of softwa re outlawing of the sort of bits of software that harvest tickets are good news indeed. your organisation has been quite active in this. we have, sadly around the recommendations that have been made in the review around the primary market and the things that we could be doing better as well. and botts is part of that but there are other things as well. one of the really important things is looking at their terms and conditions that prohibit resale. we don't want to see customers left was to that they just sort of cats do anything with, the cabinet and the more extreme demand account resell them. as an industry we need to look at that sort of thing as well. that is a different issue from bots sweeping up tickets and selling them for more money. what about overseas markets, though? people who are operating overseas. he will not be able to stop them, are you?
it is not up to us to stop them. our members are doing more to stop those attacks by bots and reporting incidents where there are attacks by tim won. it will be interesting to hear what the proposals are. and see how that might address the international issue as well. it is very sophisticated, this operation. i presume it is sophisticated. it is one of those visitors a mystery as well. i've never seen one of these things in operation but i know people that have and they basically use sort of computer techniques to go in and buy sort of multiple sessions, by lots of tickets when they first go on sale and obviously, reacting to what is on the screen much faster than a human can. so thatis much faster than a human can. so that is why was a lot of these tickets been swept up for other customers have had a chance to buy them. your organisation has an established
relationship with the sharing partnership. what are you doing? it was another recommendation in the report, the national ‘s security centre was launched very recently and this information sharing partnership sits within that. so we are encouraging oui’ within that. so we are encouraging our members to get in there discussed things which can sometimes be ofa discussed things which can sometimes be of a sensitive nature around cyber security issues and how better to protect against them. thank you. turkish president recep tayyip erdogan has described the government of the netherlands as "nazi remnants and facists" in an escalating diplomatic row between the two countries. his comments come after turkish foreign minister mevlet chav so loo was stopped from landing in rotterdam amid concerns about his bid to drum up support for mr erdogan. dutch prime minister mark rutte said in a facebook post that mr cavusoglu's visit would be a threat to public order. turkish rallies have been cancelled in other parts of europe including germany due to fears over possible human rights abuses following last year's failed coup
against president erdogan. earlier, mr cavusoglu gave this comment on the likelihood of his visit to the netherlands being blocked. translation: if the netherlands cancels my permission to fly to day they are constantly threatening that, if they do that, they will be harsh economic and political sanctions against the netherlands. this will not go unanswered. if you cancel my flight permission there will be heavy consequences. this seems to be escalating a bit. it is. it started off last week with germany banning turkish ministers from coming to germany to speak to the ministers therefore stop austria followed suit and was a swiss city that band turkish ministers and now you got the netherlands actually banning the plane of the turkish
foreign ministerfrom banning the plane of the turkish foreign minister from landing banning the plane of the turkish foreign ministerfrom landing in water dam. it is really unprecedented for this to happen but what is equally unprecedented is the reaction from turkey. the turkish government is calling the governments of other nato allies nazis, nazi remnants and carrying out natty practices. you would want it... on the one hand you would think this is kind of a chaotic colla pse think this is kind of a chaotic collapse in relations between turkey and its european partners but on the other hand, you have to think that he isa other hand, you have to think that he is a canny political operator and he is a canny political operator and he knows that he thrives when turkey and when he is seen as the underdog. and by having the situation, the stand—off with the netherlands, germany and others, you can present turkey and present himself as being sort of oppressed by europe. and that he is standing tall to represent turkish nationalism. and that will play well in the run—up to the turkish referendum in six weeks‘ time in which she is seeking more powers. he will be able to rally his nationalist support base behind him.
given the netherlands has introduced this ban are we expecting to hear from the president was more? well, he had an immediate reaction, calling them nazi remnants. but i think there could well be ramifications in times of some kind of attempt to block dutch planes coming here, although not dutchman is just coming here, although not dutchman isjust coming here in coming here, although not dutchman is just coming here in the coming here, although not dutchman isjust coming here in the next coming here, although not dutchman is just coming here in the next few days. they face an election in four days‘ time to stop could be some sanctions placed on the netherlands? could be protests, we‘ve seen a few people gathering outside the consulate. it is completed. he wants to cater and speak to his half of the country. nationalist that will be reassured by his stance here, the other half of the country is absolutely recoiling in horror at his behaviour and of course europe is recalling in horror as welford appears a is recalling in horror as welford appearsa man is recalling in horror as welford appears a man who does not much care about the other side of the country. the us defence secretary has promised a full investigation
into military personnel who shared nude photographs of female colleagues on social media. in a statement, james mattis said the practice was unacceptable, showed a lack of respect and undermined cohesion. andy beatt reports. the pentagon‘s been shocked and embarrassed by revelations of servicemen posting naked images of servicewomen online. reports last week uncovered widespread photo sharing and cyber bullying by current and former marines on facebook. fire in the hole! now the bbc has seen evidence that the problem‘s far more extensive, involving personnel from other branches of the us military. in some cases, names, ranks and contact information were also posted, together with a welter of offensive and demeaning comments. you know, we claim that being a marine is a special title and something that you earn. there‘s honour here. but there is no honour in denigrating a fellow marine in any way, shape orform.
we‘re going to be self—critical, self—analytical. we‘ve got to recognise that there‘s a problem and we‘ve got to figure out how to solve it. victims say the posting of photos is notjust a violation of trust, but a threat to their safety. multiple victims recently began speaking out about those unauthorised posts, but they received threats and backlash in an attempt to quiet them. we will not be silenced. i can tell you that this exact behaviour leads to the normalisation of sexual harassment and even sexual violence. a facebook group called marines united with 30,000 members has been shut down. the naval criminal investigative service has launched an investigation. it‘s asked more whistle—blowers to come forward with information. only then, will the full scale of the problem be known. experts have revealed
that the author, jane austen, was virtually blind towards the end of her life, possibly because of arsenic poisoning. tests on her glasses show that medicine she had been taking could have contained arsenic, which may have contributed to her early death. ben moore has this exclusive report. for one of history‘s greatest writers, just reading her own novels would have been very difficult without these. jane austen‘s specs have been at the british library for 20 years, but only now can they bring focus to her life. back in the early 19th century there were prescriptions, similar to what we have today. so what we did was have somebody bring in a portable lensmeter so we could very, very carefully have it examined. austen was longsighted. firstly low perception, but her eyesight deteriorated. the final pair revealed that she would have had great trouble reading and writing. this could help reveal the mystery of why she died so young. the possibility of her being
poisoned accidentally with a heavy metal such as arsenic. we know now that arsenic poisoning can cause cataracts. arsenic was often put into medication for other types of illness, so potentially for rheumatism, which jane austen suffered from. using modern optometry, we are able to see just what jane austen‘s eyesight would have been like. that is 4.75. i cannot see your face at all. i can only see my hand when it's about there. so that's what she needed, to correct her vision. the british library wants optometrists to get in touch and offer their professional opinions. a rare chance to see things through the eyes of one of our best—loved authors. a specialist nanny has been called in to help look after three malayan tiger cubs at an american zoo. blakey is a six—year—old male australian shepherd. according to keepers at cincinatti zoo he provides snuggling,
warmth and a climbable body to the cubs after their mother rejected them. he also helps with their behaviour by checking them when they get too rough or aggressive. it‘s not the first time blakely has been a nanny for other animals, he has previously helped raise baby cheeta hs, wallabies, bat—eared foxes, and an ocelot. let‘s go to the balcony. a lovely day out there for some of us. we have got some cloud around right now. here is the satellite picture. some spots of rain in one or two northern areas but look at the cloud is breaking up just northern areas but look at the cloud is breaking upjust in the northern areas but look at the cloud is breaking up just in the last hour 01’ is breaking up just in the last hour or two across the south—east. temperatures will get up to around 17 or 18. not the case across
yorkshire. more like 12 with a few spots of rain. northern ireland and scotla nd spots of rain. northern ireland and scotland are in for a bright afternoon. tonight it turned damp out there. we have weather fronts coming off the atlantic. lots of cloud at there. at the very least it will be mild. 6—10. tomorrow, another cloudy day but quite changeable day. the best advice to give you is to expect a bit of rain at some point and some sunshine around as well. best of the weather tomorrow afternoon across western areas. the cloud is in doubt weather they‘re across the south—east and into drink and share. for the big ahead not a lot of rain on the way. the cloud will come and go and temperatures around the average. enjoy your day. this is bbc news. the headlines.
the un has warned that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945. more than 20 million people in yemen, nigeria, south sudan and somalia are facing starvation. two bomb explosions in the heart of the syrian capital damascus are reported to have killed at least 40 people. the blasts were near a cemetery which houses shia mausoleums. guys marsh prison in dorset has been badly damaged by a fire. the blaze was started by an inmate who climbed on to the roof yesterday. around 64 inmates were taken to a secure area while the fire